Dieting Already

One of Brazil’s great philosophers, Tim Maia, once said: “I decided to go on a strict diet. I cut out alcohol, all fats and sugar. In two weeks I lost 14 days”.

IMG_2871For many years I have known a marvelous woman who now and again loses her temper and her usual good humor because she feels that she has put on a couple of kilos. I wonder if maybe we are exaggerating a little. One thing is obesity, another is trying to stop the time and normal evolution of our organism.

The worst of it all is that at each and every moment there appears a new way to lose weight: eating calories, then not eating calories, compulsively consuming fats, then avoiding fats at any price. We step inside a health food shop or a chemist or a modern supplement products shop and are visually assaulted by all sorts of miraculous products that promise to do away with our desire to eat, with our fat tissue, with our belly, and so on.

We have survived all these millennia because we could eat. And nowadays this seems to have turned into a curse. Why is that? What makes us try at the age of 40 to keep the same body we had when we were young? Will it ever be at all possible to stop this dimension of time?

Of course not. And so why do we need to be slim?

We don’t. We buy books, go to the gym, consult nutritionists, devote a great deal of our concentration trying to stop time, when we ought to be celebrating the miracle of living in this world. Instead of wondering how to live better, we are obsessed with how much we weigh.

Let’s forget all that; you can read all the books you want, do all the exercise you want, suffer all the punishment you decide to inflict on yourself, and you will have only two choices – you either stop living, or else you will get fat.

It is obvious that you have to eat moderately, but above all you have to take pleasure in eating. Jesus Christ said that: “evil is not what goes into man’s mouth, but rather what comes out of it”.

Every day the newspapers publish stories of young people looking for fame on the catwalk who end up dying because of this obsession with weight.

Remember that for thousands of years we fought to avoid being hungry. Who invented this story that we have to spend our whole life being slim?

Let me give you the answer: the vampires of the soul, who think that it is possible to stop the wheel of time. It is not possible. Use the energy and the effort of a diet to feed yourself with the bread of the spirit, and go on enjoying (moderately, let me repeat) the pleasures of good eating. There are series of columns on the capital sins, and greed is one of them. But what exactly is greed? An obsession.

The same goes for diets. And this is where the two extremes meet and become harmful to our health. While millions of people the world over are hungry, we see people provoking this other obsession because at some moment or other somebody decides that being slim is the only option for regaining youth and beauty.

History reveals that the concept of sexy has always been a woman with a little belly. Belly was considered as sexy as full- bodied breasts. Both belly and breasts have symbolized motherhood, the biggest attribute of a woman. Like a masculine body of a man- the hunter. Its evident in all paintings, sculptures, literature and even all cinematic arts. Until last 20 years. When the Procter & Gamble led frozen food manufacturers, supermarkets and Nike, adidas, reebok mafia played the biggest scam on us. They had to sell their products. And there was no better way to change the concept of sexual image.

So, chose. Do you want to be a victim of marketing scam or the master of your soul. A soul which thrives on living. On breathing. On eating.

Instead of artificially burning those calories, we should try to turn them into the energy we need to fight for our dreams; no-one has ever stayed slim for long just by following a diet.

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What IS GST?

The other day I was travelling with my young daughter. Everyone was talking about GST. She asked me why it’s in news and how does it help us. I tried to explain to her but like a father, with complex jargon and processes.

Later, in Delhi I met few old lady friends who saw me tweeting something on GST and asked me to explain it. They had a general idea but didn’t know the difference between the current taxation system and GST.

Back in Mumbai, I was briefing my designing team on a project and gave an example of GST and some young designers were like I was talking about some rocket science.

Same evening I met an young friend Rahul Roushan, also a dynamic entrepreneur and innovator, and I asked him why is it so difficult for people to understand GST? He said because none tries to simplify concepts and in next 20 minutes he explained it like I was a school kid.

Nobody knows everything. Nobody needs to know everything. Whatever the concepts or systems or processes, they all are based on a simple human need. We make them sound complex. Common man doesn’t have to understand the nitty gritties of GST. All he wants to know is how it works, how is it different from the existing system and how does it help him.

Pallavi Joshi, actor, entrepreneur, my wife, mother and a compassionate human being, understood the importance of making concepts simple. She volunteered to do it herself. She produced it with another partner Tripti Sharma.

This gave birth to #EasyHai!

The moment it was published on Social Media, it became viral. Reinforcing our faith in simple. Kyunki, simple hi #EasyHai!

So, here it is.


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15 Reasons Why Kejriwal Must See ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’

Monday, April 25, 16


Shri Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister of Delhi

Chief Minister’s office

3rd level, Delhi Secretariat,

I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110002

Also to:

Bunglow No. 6,

Flag Staff Road,

Civil Lines, Delhi.


Dear Shri Arvind Kejriwal Ji,

I am the writer/Director and producer of a small yet revolutionary film ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’. It’s one of the boldest political dramas ever made in India. The film releases on May 13th.

Though this film has been celebrated by a plethora of International Awards –Official selection at MAMI, Best screenplay at Madrid Film Festival, Best film/director at Jakarta Festival, Dadasaheb Phalke award for acting – it has found major opposition and resistance from various power centers in India. Exactly like India Against Corruption. Therefore, I believe, you can relate with our struggle.

The film was denied screening by the Cinema department of JNU. Later on, students took over and screened it to thousands of students at the Admin Bloc of JNU. Since then the film has become a rage amongst students and has been invited and screened at India’s top 25 Universities – IITB, IITG, IITM, IITK, IIMC, SP Jain Management Research Institute, Osmania University, NALSAR, Natuional Law University, Hyderabd, Allahabad Univers, BHU, Punjab Univ, Himachal Pradesh UNIV, Delhi Univ, Pune Univ, IISc and is invited by Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Wherever Buddha goes, it’s greeted with overwhelming response and that gives me immense hope that the students of our country will bring about a revolution that even you are seeking. I believe if any politician who must see this film is you and instead of writing a template based invite I’ll tell you why you must watch this film.

  1. Where most of the political films raise questions this film gives a solution – how we can find real “azaadi” from the middlemen and hence corruption. This is exactly what your ‘Swarajya’ campaign seeks.
  2. The film probes and exposes Naxal-NGO-Academia nexus and delves deep into the theme of ‘intellectual terrorism’ which I belive is a dveloping threat to our great country.
  3. You were India’s first disruptive politician. This is India’s first disruptive film.
  4. Since you had no resources you used it to your advantage with political innovation. We have no resources and we have relied on marketing innovation.
  5. You started your fight against crony-capitalism and corruption, which became a movement. I started this fight against crony-socialism and this film has become a movement.
  6. Yours was a movement of the common man, by the common man and for the common man. Ours is a movement of the students, by the students and for the students. (Just to mention this film was initiated by the students of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad).
  7. AAP was a political start-up in true sense. This film is a start-up in true sense.
  8. You found opposition by a rigid political system and corrupt politicians. We are finding opposition by a rigid academia and corrupt faculty.
  9. People who associated with you for immediate gains left you one by one. People who associated with us for Box Office returns left us one by one.
  10. Your functions were sabotaged and disrupted by vested interests that didn’t agree with you. Our screenings have been sabotaged and disrupted by vested interests that do not agree with the film.
  11. You didn’t have money but ‘Junta’ made it possible for you. We don’t have money but ‘students’ are making it possible for us.
  12. Your politics is based on truth and evidences where you exposed so many nexuses. This film is based on truth and evidences and exposes Naxal-NGO-Academia nexus.
  13. You are a champion of student’s cause and freedom of expression. This film champions students’ cause and seeks it’s right to expression.
  14. You were alone in your fight. I am alone in my fight.
  15. Last but not the least, you are a man on a mission. I am also a man on a mission – to help build India.

Since you are one of the very few political minds that believe in the sanctity and importance of truth, we are absolutely certain you would love the film in its very essence.

You being a cinema enthusiast and India lover would definitely love the film because of its contemporary relevance and consider tax rebate, as extremely high rates of taxes do not let the poor students watch meaningful cinema.

We are releasing the film on the 13th of May. I’d prefer if you can see the film anytime between 7th-12th May. Please let us know a good time so that we can screen the film for you.

Please feel free to ask your office to call me direct at 9821050334 or my DA Ms. Naireeta Dasgupta 8420 126895.

Thanks and regards.

Jai Hind!

Vivek Agnihotri










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A Historic day at JNU

On the morning of 15th March I got a call from a student of JNU. He asked me if I would be interested in screening the film at JNU? Without a pause I said yes. He said he would figure out and cut the phone. I forgot to ask his name.

I didn’t realise then that an unknown boy was going to change the destiny of this film.

On the 16th I got a call from him again. He said he had got the permission for the 18th March 5.30-8.30 PM from JNUSU. ‘How many students are you expecting?’ I asked him. ‘Sir, approximately 100. We will also get few friends from outside so say, 150’. He told me. ‘What’s the capacity of the auditorium?” ‘About 200…’ he took a pause and then told me ‘sir, more students want to come but they are scared of the faculty… but we will try to convince them… please don’t say no now…. its a matter of our prestige’.  This put me in real dilemma. JNU was at the centre of national news. If we go, it may appear that we are trying to milk it. What if we go, and there aren’t enough students? What if it becomes political? What if they try to sabotage it? What if they write bad things about the film? What if it’s a ploy by those who the film exposes?

In testing moments, it’s the skeptic mind that takes over.

I called Anupam Kher. There was a pause when I broke the news and expressed my fears. Then he said something that I truly appreciated. He said ‘Our job is to make movies and show them, even if 10 students come we must show. In the end, we will get what we deserve’. He was the only person in the entire world, besides these unknown students, who was talking about showing the movie. So far I had only heard people telling me why I shouldn’t be showing it anywhere.

I quickly made the poster and tweeted it. Fully knowing there was no going back.


Students made some poster on their own which didn’t even spell the film’s name right.IMG_0287

‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ was initiated with the students of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad – world’s top 10 B school.   We had decided to tell a story that affects India. We found that more people have been killed in naxal movement than in Indo-Pak conflict. Naxalism, we realised, is our biggest threat. What worried me was how it made inroads in our universities and students were being used to further Maoist agenda.

The Film evolved. A lot of my life’s experiences went into it and what came out was a hard hitting, honest film on Naxal-NGO-Academia nexus. “Intellectual Terrorism’ became its central theme. It was not an easy film to watch.

Truth is always disturbing.

On the morning of 18th March when I reached Delhi, guarding the hard drive with  the film’s copy, I had no idea what was in store. When the organising boys came to meet me at the hotel, they told me that the screening is going to be in open-air at the Admin bloc. “what?” I jumped. No filmmaker worth his salt would allow his film to be shown outdoors before the theatrical release. That too on bad projection, bad sound. That’s not what we work so hard for. The students informed me that the screening would begin at 6PM so that it gets over before 8 so we get half an hour for the Q&A. ‘But you can’t show the film before its dark and it’s not dark before 7Pm’ I told them. ‘But no-one will stay after 8.30 as the mess opens up at 8PM’ he informed me. ‘No way. I won’t allow to show my film in bright daylight’ I told them. “why can’t we do it an an auditorium?’ I asked them. ‘Because audi has a capacity of 200 and there will be at least 500-6oo students’.

Never in the life of this film had I imagined that 500 students would come to see it at JNU. Never in my life had I imagined that someday I will be forced to show my film open air in daylight. For everyone it was becoming an event. For me it was the future of the film. Inside me there was a conflict between a filmmaker and a man who wanted to tell the truth. My DA Naireeta knows how to cool me down. She reminded me that for the first time some people wanted to see this film. Not some… 5oo-600.

Life is about taking chances. And I took that chance.

I quickly wrote to Ira Bhaskar, inviting her, but she never came. Kher saab insisted that he wanted to go half an hour early just to walk around and interact with the students. So we left at 5PM to be there at 5.30.


A memorable selfie with Anupam Kher before leaving the hotel

When we reached JNU and stepped out of the car, let alone walking and interacting with the students, there was no place to stand. Wherever one could see there were excited students.



Kher saab’s desire to walk got crushed instantly by thousands of students shouting ‘Vande Matram’. This is not the JNU I had known. The cop in charge whispered ‘kam se kam 5 hazaar ladka hai…’ (There are at least 5k students).  Students wouldn’t let the film begin until we spoke. As we reached the dias, someone announced my name. This was my life’s first impromptu speech. When I got up to speak, the entire JNU filled with chants of ‘Vande Mataram’. It was a historical moment. For a moment I was blank. Then some force took over me. As if someone else was speaking through me. This was, perhaps, the only time when I spoke without thinking. Straight from the heart. The speech went on to become the most viral speech ever, by a filmmaker. .

Rejection has an amazing quality. It gives you strength. And I tested it on that day.

While watching the film I was thinking who are these people who are against this film? Why were some faculty members not letting it screen? Who is this faculty? And how come they have such political power that they can run institutes at their whims? Are these educational institutes or political madrasas? Is the faculty Taliban and students Jehadi? Why is it that Barkha Dutt’s of the world did not even bother to cover this historical moment? Or they took an oath to cover only anti-national news?

A political scenario, which I believed to be true and made this film on, was slowly revealing  itself. Conviction of thought is stronger than any other power.

The Film ended with a response which made standing ovation redundant. Next 2 hours we were hounded by an unruly media. In that stampede I ruptured my left shoulder muscle. As I was returning in my car, holding my left shoulder, some 100 students were taking out a victory march for Umar Khaled, who was released on bail. Victory march? Really?

That day my faith was reaffirmed that at JNU, students who love India outnumber students who want ‘Bharat ki barbadi’.

It’s a series of blogs where I share my struggle in releasing our movie ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’. With these blogs you will get first-hand insights into student politics, film politics, identity politics and the narrative politics of India. 

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It all started with a tweet

Buddha wasn’t going anywhere.

Everyone had backed out of my film ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’. There was no money. Whatever I had was gone into finishing it. Despite many awards, acclaim and powerful content, the powerful people, who claim to be messiahs of Indie films and champions of FoE wanted this film to die. I learnt that ‘Content is king’ is a myth.

I was fighting a battle. Alone.

Then Rohit Vemula committed suicide and Left leaders tried to turn it into a Dalit issue. Immediately after that Kanhaiya issue came into limelight. These two incidents reinforced my faith in film’s content. Whatever I had envisioned in the film few years ago was becoming true.

Buddha’s time had come.

Since distributors and studios were backing our regularly, I thought the best way would be to keep the film alive by screening it at few institutes. What could be better than JNU, which was at the centre of student politics and supposedly a Mecca for FoE. So, I wrote to Ira Bhaskar, Dean, Cinema studies, JNU. Once. twice. Thrice… my DA Naireeta called her several times. Messaged her many times. She called back only once to tell her that ‘Mahaul theek nahi hai…’ When we explained to her why it was so important to show the movie now, she said ‘…will speak to faculty and get back’.

She never got back.

Her daughter, Swara Bhaskar was supposed to do a role in Buddha In A Traffic Jam but last minute she backed out. It was appropriate as she never agreed with film’s take on Naxal-NGO-Academia nexus. It was natural for me to connect the dots.

I gave up.

Two days later, I read a tweet from a friend and a wonderful director Hansal Mehta informing that next day his film ‘Aligarh’, based on life of a gay professor, will be shown at JNU. I couldn’t believe it. Then I read more tweets confirming it. Which meant ‘Mahual’ for some films wasnt ‘kharab’. It was time to act.

That’s when I asked my music director Rohit Sharma to take Swara’s help (who is part of the band ‘Swaang’ that gave music for the film) in convincing her mother. Swara’s boyfriend Ravinder Randhawa has been part of the same band and he offered to help. But they came back to tell me that they spoke to Ira but ‘mahaul is not good hence no film can be shown’. I could sense the partisan politics of a Leftist faculty. But I didn’t know anyone who could help me.

So, in frustration, on my way to Bhuj, I wrote two tweets.

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Between 11-1130AM I got several calls from unknown phone numbers, while I took a short nap on smooth highway of Bhuj. At about 11.45 AM, Anupam Kher called me to find out why the media was calling him? I understood. I briefed him and mailed him all the documentary evidences. By 12.30 Rahul of X News broke it and by mid noon all channels were showing how Buddha In A Traffic Jam was stuck in the JNU Jam.

Calls started pouring. News channels rushed their correspondents to Bhuj for my bytes. Almost every channel, newspaper covered it in headlines. Only two channels (who have been extra vocal about JNU and FoE issue) never mentioned it – Barkha Dutt of NDTV and Rajdeep Sardesai of India Today.

On that day, when I stood at the salt panes of Bhuj, watching the sun set, I decided to make my voice heard and give life to ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’. I took out my phone and made a poster.

I had found my Buddha.

And I never looked back.


It’s a series of blogs where I share my struggle in releasing our movie ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’. With these blogs you will get first-hand insights into student politics, film politics, identity politics and the narrative politics of India. 



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Indian woman – Sati or Shakti?


India is a difficult country. With abject poverty, lack of basic facilities like water, electricity, sanitation and housing, corruption, inefficiency and social disparities, if you are not the privileged one, it is not easy to survive in a country like India. Worse, if you are born as a woman. It’s a general perception that if a son is born he is your retirement fund but if a girl is born the same fund becomes dowry fund. Women are not preferred as a child. Women are not wanted. Women are not respected. Women don’t have status. Women are perceived and treated like inferiors worthy of only compassion, pity or help.

In last year’s election, Narendra Modi spoke a lot about Indian youth as demographic dividend. Unfortunately, when it comes to women, nobody sees them as another demographic dividend. It’s time that we recognize our women as most productive, efficient and economical asset of our society and celebrate her.

Indian Woman plays the most important part in our society yet she is the most ignored member of our society. Indian Woman, from the moment she is conceived, spends rest of her life fighting against a male chauvinistic society. Inside her house she is fighting for equality with her brother. Outside in the society she is battling eve teasers, men who smirk when she drives a vehicle because she is a woman and so many other battles on a minute-to-minute basis. She has been fighting it for centuries. And this is the reason, I think, Indian Woman has emerged as an extremely strong person as compared to woman of any other country. A woman who fetches water from a well, walks back several kms in scorching heat with ogling men and a latent danger of rape looming over and then she uses the water in most economical way can’t be an ordinary woman. Perhaps, she knows better about hard work than any man. This is why she should be celebrated.

Tragically, whenever women are discussed, we start thinking about a woman who is a suffering from illiteracy, ignorance, dowry, honour killing, eve teasing, rape, abuse, financial slavery etc. Is that what Indian Woman is all about? Who has made her illiterate? Who takes dowry? Who kills her for honour? Who is behind molestation, eve-teasing or rape? Why is it that all the evils of the society are associated with the victim? Because, it’s a design. The biggest trick rich play on poor is that they never let us see poor without their poverty. If one inverts the pyramid and see it from a woman’s point of view, men will come across as abducters, exploitators, molesters and rapists. The pyramid can’t be inverted because the narrative is in in the hands of the people who want to see women as abla nari (hapless victims). Indian Woman is abla because the narrative has always been with the men. Just to substantiate my point, let me illustrate a very interesting example. It came to notice that the incidence of HIV was increasing at an alarming rate of 15%-20% amongst women. A lot of men started questioning the character of their women. After a sustained, pan-India research, spread over two years, by ICMR it was found out that this incidence was due to ‘condom failure’. They took a large sample size, measured their penises and discovered that over 60% of Indian men have penises too small for the condoms to fit World Health Orgaization specifications. Since men control the narrative, the small size of their penis remains a well guarded secret. Isn’t it remarkable that despite being surrounded by such social evils, prejudiced narrative and inspite of social support, Indian Woman stands strong, calm, loving, compassionate, forgiving and beautiful? This is why she should be celebrated.

Indians believe there are two worlds – Mythological world and the real world. In our mythology, there is a concept of ‘Panchkanya’. Panchkanyas are made of panchtatvas (five elements) ‘earth, fire, water, air and space. Like earth (Sita) she is strong, ever-giving, sacrificing and stable. She is fiery, passionate, sexy and strong-willed like fire (Draupadi). Like water (Mandodari) she is in a ‘flow’ with strong undercurrent, turbulent on the surface yet deep in her spiritual quest. She is like wind (Ahilya) for her free-will, ethereal nature and freshness. She is likened to space (Tara) for their infinite intelligence, emotional range and vastness of heart. In a society where a woman’s greatness is measured by her chastity, where her patience is measured by her capacity to tolerate great injustice, one can still find many Sitas who happily sacrifice all comforts in lieu of their duty and devotion for their family. This Sita is constantly fighting Ravanas with her sacrifice and penance yet she doesn’t compromise on her dignity and righteousness, she instills right values in her children and protects her family’s honour.

There are Draupadis all around us with storms of anguish and anger. In every house there are Mandodaris, trying to create a balance between the injustice of society and the stability of her family with her wisdom. Whenever her family faces turbulence, she is the one who choses the right path. We meet Ahilyas in colleges, at home, at work who are subjected to unforgivable wrongs yet they forgive and spread their compassion. Indian Woman displays some or all of these qualities despite her financial status or social reality. She is suppressed yet liberated. Illiterate yet wise. Discriminated yet strong. Unaware yet innovative. Deprived yet rich in emotions. She is the unpaid labour of the household yet she controls the intricate economy of the house. She follows everyone’s wishes yet she is the moral leader of the house. She is bound by the dogmas of the society, yet she designs the life-graphs of a new generation. She is the hope in a hopeless situation. This is why she should be celebrated.

If ancient texts have to be believed, Indian woman was always free, equal and in many cases superior to men. She is found seated next to her man and no religious ritual could be completed without her. She is always portrayed as sensuous, charming and beautiful. In fact before the invasion of Mughals and spread of Islamic social taboos, Indian Woman has always been depicted in minimal clothes. Her beauty, body, and sexiness are celebrated in almost all the texts, literature and paintings. Be it Laxmi, Saraswati or Durga. Indian Goddesses are described as:

“eye-ravishing, smiling-eyed…  Swelling breasts…  Shapely thighs…  fragrant like the lotus…  extraordinarily accomplished, soft-spoken and gentle… slim-waisted… long-haired, pink-lipped, and smooth-skinned.” (Adi Parva 169.44-46, Sabha 65.33-37)

Indian Woman’s sexuality was celebrated and associated with strength and power. A relationship outside of marriage was always a woman’s prerogative. Islamic influence changed the dynamics of Indian society. It changed women’s status in social hierarchy from strong to meek. From Shakti to Sati. It brought in ‘purdah’ and imprisoned her inside the four walls. With invasion came rape, abuse, exploitation and financial slavery. Indian Woman, who was educated at par with men in academics as well as life skills, participated in intellectual discourses was restricted from going to school. Despite such restrictions, regressive mindset and hurdles today she is flying into space, treating patients, building bridges, winning beauty pageants, excelling in sports, making laws and leading corporate world. Alongside she plays the role of a house maker like a champion. Unlike the first world, she has kept our family system intact. With her hard work, focused energies, discipline, finance control, and value addition she has provided solid foundation to our family structure.

Management Guru, Stephen Covey, in his book ‘Seven Habits of the Highly Effective People’ talks about role-playing quality of leaders. Nowhere in the world one would find such a multi-dimensional woman who is a leader of the family, dutiful daughter in law, sacrificing mother, indulgent bhabhi, obedient daughter, concerned wife, shy bride, cultured hostess and a brilliant chef. She is a nurse to parents/ parents-in-law and baby-sitter to grandchildren. And, Mr Covey, she can play all these roles at once. Edward De Bono has professed the theory of ‘Changing Hats’ for leaders. De Bono could think of only six hats because, perhaps, he never met a typical Indian Woman. She looks after her family; her parents’ family, keeps helping neighbors and relatives. She is extremely hard-working, sincere, loyal, friendly, proactive, quick decision-maker, team-builder, resource manager, inventory planner, cost-cutter, quality controller, an efficient floor manager, productive worker, great negotiator, recycling innovator, fire fighter, 24*7 doctor, engineer, plumber, baker, tuition teacher, hostess, trainer, consultant, HR manager, R&D manager, maid, dish-washer, laundry-person, baby sitter, event manager, PRO, bearer, producer and nurture of human life. With limited resources, time and money, she creates human wealth. And she does all this for free. In corporations they say love your work like it’s your life. Nobody executes this work-culture better than Indian Woman. When Indian men are recognized, world over, for their hard work, humbleness, loyalty, honesty, knowledge and intelligence, it’s the result of this result-oriented, value adder Indian Woman. A day is not far when Indian Woman will show the path to this world. This is why, Indian Woman should be celebrated.

The themes of loss and humiliation are common in an Indian Woman’s life. They were abducted, raped, tortured, punished, abandoned, left to live miserable lives as widows and even sold as slaves by powerful men. Its because of this constant struggle, Indian woman possesses native intelligence, hidden wisdom, and a superior knowledge of life. The traumas, sufferings, hardships and a constant struggle to assert her space in a misogynistic society has given Indian woman maturity and foresight, the ability to find simple solutions and use the learning from experiences to arrive at intelligent instincts that benefit both her family and the society.

A woman who can survive such traumatic evolution cannot be a Sati but predominantly and fundamentally she is Shakti. It’s entirely our choice whether we want to see Sati with pity or celebrate her as Shakti. I think, It’s time to change the ‘negative’ narrative and celebrate Shakti.

It’s time to post a #SelfieWithIndianWoman.

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Why Kanhaiya is not a youth icon

I heard Kanhaiya’s speech and it took me back to my college days when student politics wasn’t as sophisticated and oiled. When mediamen & women had not become brokers. It wasn’t limited to ideological confrontation but also involved desi katta, swords, gupties, hockey sticks, crude bombs and Rampuriya chakoos. In the midst of all this there were speeches and sloganeering by students leaders and their mentors from either Congress, ABVP or Leftist parties. Those speeches were mostly about how to make university a better place for students. Only leaders from Leftist parties used to gives speeches which were about an utopian social engineering and freedom from the state. Listening to Kanhaiya, I felt as if I was listening to a pop-version of speeches I heard many decades ago. Barring Kanhaiya’s personal mannerisms and dialect it was straight out of a communist template.

It appears that Communists have a ‘speech template’ and all their leaders are given training in speaking the same way. The strategy is simple: take an unattainable, high moral ground, raise the concerns over all evils of the society but never present a plan to eradicate these evils. In any society there are always some people who are perpetually dissatisfied with everything. To an extent that even if you give them Azadi, they will find problems in that also. From my student days until Kanhaiya, they have been fooling people without giving any solutions. Ask Kanhaiya how will he get us Azadi from poverty and Manuvaad and Brahmanism and I am sure he will shift the goalpost. This is why I do not subscribe to Communism.

I won’t go into details of Kanhaiya’s speech as it’s a function of his political agenda but I’d request him not to mention Manu Smriti without studying and understanding it. Manu Smriti doesn’t speak of caste system. It talks of Varnas. Var means choice. One choses to be Brahmin and Shudra as per his knowledge, wisdom and deeds. Manu Smriti allows people to change their Varna, which means a Shudra can become Brahmin and vice versa. Also, its time communists stop using Manu Smriti to exploit uneducated, poor people.  Their strategy is to use innocent people to further their agenda and which is why I do not agree with Communists.

I’d also advise him and his supporters not to talk of freedom of speech as JNU is the last place where dissent and FoE is practised. People with ‘If you aren’t anti-state, you are an enemy’ kind of attitude must not give us sermons on FoE. FoE is part of Indian’s native intelligence.  By native I mean Hindus like Kanhaiya and me. It’s native Hindu civilisation’s strength and openness that Muslims and Christians are accepted in mainstream culture. Dear Kanhaiya, if you chose to blame one hard working chaiwala for all the evils, just because he represents Hindu aspirations, it shows your lack of understanding. It shows you have thoughts but your mind is not Azad (free). To understand what I am saying you may have to consult Manu Smriti.

Another reason I do not subscribe to Communism of Kanahiya is that they profess revolution, seek freedom and practice violence. Tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed in Naxal infested areas (almost 50% of India) and millions remain poor and oppressed. Your comrades do not allow TV in tribal areas as it can instill greed and adivasis would want to make money and the only antidote to your poison is money. Communism is not an ideology, its an economic system but mentors of Kanhaiya fool people by projecting it as an ideology. Liberalism and even Fascism are ideologies but Communism is not. That’s why I don’t subscribe to this sinister politics.

Communism is really good as a text book material. In practice, it destroys societies, their spirit. Just look around the world and you will find that wherever communism reached, people lost their freedom. Their voice. Their lives. First it makes you angry, then hapless and then a victim. It does not allow dissent or debate. Have you ever heard of one instance where comrades openly conflicted? Communism’s only contribution is that it has encouraged poverty, mediocrity and violence. I shun such hypocrisy.

Dalai Lama is a living example of how much Azadi communism allows. He has been living in free India as a refugee, away from his motherland, because of Communism. West Bengal is another living example of how communist ideology destroyed the entire region. Today, Calcutta is a a monument of poverty and failure. I can bet you will never meet anyone who has been benefitted by communism or terrorism. In modern india, Communists have acted as intellectual terrorists. 

So people who are too excited and want to portray Kanhaiya as a hero or a youth icon aren’t in love with Communist ideology. They have nothing to do with JNU. They don’t want any Azadi. They are supporting him because they don’t want Modi to grow. Because Modi means Azadi from corruption, sycophancy and middlemen. Even Radia will vouch that most of our media men and women don’t want this Azadi. Hence, Kejriwal. Kejriwal fails. Hence, Kanhaiya.

It’s as simple as that.

PS: Dear Barkha Dutts, Rajdeep Sardesais and Pritish Nandis, Kanhaiya represents emotions of just a few thousand students of JNU and JNU kind of institutions. Even they will flip once they have to earn bread and butter. India is too big and has millions of real students who actually want Azadi from such negativity, pseudo intellectualism and brokership. Students who want to be proud of their nationality, their constitution, their government, their people and their culture. Kanhaiya does not represent their aspirations. But he most certainly is a tool to further your own political agenda. He is not an youth icon. He is a trained, well funded closet politician like you. By calling him an youth icon, you are  insulting millions of Indian youth/students who at this very moment are studying hard and getting prepared to create wealth and repay their motherland by getting her Azadi from poverty and ‘traders of poverty’.Like Kanhiya said, you have understood what I mean.  


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